Bible Reading: John 6:41-71
Peter replied, “Master, to whom would we go? You have the words of real life, eternal life. We’ve already committed ourselves, confident that you are the Holy One of God” [John 6:68-69 The Message]
In many circles in the United Kingdom it is becoming increasingly not politically correct to speak about Jesus. We hear of people censored in their employment for wearing a cross. A Christian health worker is disciplined for giving a Bible to a Muslim colleague and praying for her even though it was at the request of the Muslim. A Christian student is made to leave university for saying on Facebook that he supports a Biblical view of marriage. These and many other cases could be quoted from recent news broadcasts.
People were equally turning against Jesus in our Bible reading today. As Jesus taught in the synagogue in Capernaum, the politically [and religiously] correct Jews did not understand how He could say that He had come from heaven. They could only see Him as the son of Joseph, and not the Son of God! They complained [“grumbled” – NIV] about what Jesus said. They had still not learned the lesson of the wilderness that complaining and grumbling blocks God’s presence and brings His judgment!
Jesus’ responded to this opposition by refusing to compromise truth. Instead He told them that unless they eat of His flesh and drink of His blood they could not have life that is eternal. The same people who were excited by the signs and miracles were offended by His words and, “went back and walked with Him no more” [verse 66]. Many who had become His disciples were among those who now rejected Jesus [verse 60].
Jesus turned to the twelve and challenged them, “Do you also want to go away?” In response to Jesus’ question, Peter asked, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Peter had come to recognise that Jesus was the only One who could give him eternal life. Not only did he recognise this, but also it led to a commitment. Peter called Jesus, “Lord.” The Greek word here is ‘kurios’ from the root word ‘kuros’ meaning ‘supremacy,’ or ‘controller’ and by implication means “Master.” Peter is now fully committed to Jesus as his Master, and, contrary to the opinion of most of the Jews is fully confident that Jesus is the Holy One of God.
Why does grumbling, complaining and murmuring make God angry? What is the antidote to these wrong attitudes in Philippians 4:4,6,8 and 11?
What did Jesus do when people’s reactions to Him became negative and they rejected Him?
What three reasons does Peter give as to why he and the disciples remained faithful when many others went back and no longer followed Jesus?
What does it mean for Jesus to be Lord and Master of your life?